That was the running thought in my mind when I first watched AURORA’s music video to “Runaway”. Now, it’s a few years later and I still find her as enchanting as ever. Her latest single, “Forgotten Love”, was released last week and I’ve already danced and sang along to it for a better part of each day.
Every single one of AURORA’s songs feels like a new and exciting adventure and while she works on fine-tuning her sound, she continues to create a magical journey every single time. With the way my life has decided to exist this past year, this song feels necessary. As AURORA describes it, “Forgotten Love’ is an individual song – which I really like about it. I think people can find many different personal meanings in it, as is its mission. For me it’s about how I felt sorry for every day I forgot to grieve for someone I lost. After the years went by I suddenly woke up realising I hadn’t even been sad for months. I’ve just lived. Like he would want me to and in that moment, I didn’t feel guilt. I didn’t feel heavy or sorrowful. Just relieved. And it was quite beautiful. Being able to forget.”
Grief is a complicated animal of an emotion; having dealt with some sort of grief for the entirety of this year, I find myself resenting the emotion. The thing is AURORA is right, sometimes when you grieve life gets in the way and suddenly it’s been a week without the empty feeling in your chest. It’s always a shock to the system; the reminder that you’ve happily been existing, it kind of takes your breath away.
I forget how emotions dance when they aren’t inside of me
I forget how the sun feels when she isn’t around me
And my dreams become sweeter when something is missing
I’m in love with the hunt itself
It makes me feel alive, alive
Then you remember that they would want you to move on; Cassie wouldn’t want me to get sad every time I need to check my tire pressure or when I need an oil change, my uncle would want me to happily enjoy my mom’s hometown without the sadness that comes from having missed seeing him and Julian would want me to stop replaying our last fight in my head.
I release my body and there is no ghost of you inside my mind
I am moving on and thank God you let me try
You are the reason I can dance
Within the fire of goodbyes, of goodbyes
I can lie in the dark room without the feeling that I’m lonely
Oh, (it’s the beauty of forgotten love)
AURORA has created a beautiful ode to loss. She has captured the feeling in a perfectly-electric package and I wouldn’t expect anything less from this magical creature. Her music continues to inspire me, her freedom on stage continues to force me to dance and her genuine nature makes me grateful that we exist during the same time. So I urge you to listen to this song and maybe even hold a mini-celebration for all of your forgotten loves.